HOWARD THE DUCK
1986, Universal, 110 min, USA, Dir: Willard Huyck

The titular sarcastic, cigar-chomping, 27-year-old hero of this ahead-of-its-time fan favorite hails from the planet Duckworld, from which he’s suddenly beamed away via an Earth-based scientific experiment gone awry. Landing in Cleveland, Howard must contend with this new and strange place, and, of course, prevent the very destruction of the universe by a villain who also gets accidentally beamed down to Earth. Visually inventive and engaging, HOWARD THE DUCK is an amazing oddity: a comic book film squarely aimed at adults with humor way above the heads of the young audience it drew.


MISHIMA: A LIFE IN FOUR CHAPTERS
1985, Janus Films, 121 min, USA/Japan, Dir: Paul Schrader

The tumultuous life of Japanese writer Yukio Mishima serves as the subject for what many consider director Paul Schrader’s masterpiece. To a score by Philip Glass, the film interweaves several narratives (each with its own distinctive look) drawn from Mishima’s youth, his novels and the attempted coup that ended in his ritual suicide. “The most unconventional biopic I've ever seen, and one of the best.” – Roger Ebert. In Japanese and English with English subtitles.


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